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Step one: Find your cheekbones. Step two: Crack open an all-in-one palette like Maybelline’s new Master Contour. Step three: Apply the products by following the super-simple three-step directions on the back of said compact. Beauty book, closed.
The best contour is the kind people don’t really notice, which is pretty much the golden rule for most makeup. To get that “Is she or isn’t she?” look, simply build the color in layers (starting with contour, ending with highlight) and stop when you’ve reached the intensity you’re most comfortable with.
Really, all you need is a contour shade (go two shades darker than your natural complexion), a highlight shade and a brush. Blush is a bonus that brings a pop of color to your face. (All of the above happen to be included in Maybelline’s new Master Contour palette. Hint, hint.)
OK, true, each person’s face shape is different, so where they contour or highlight should differ. For example, someone with a round face should apply more highlight to their cheekbones than someone with a heart-shaped face (who already has pronounced cheekbones). However, there is a technique that works for any face shape and it can be found on the back of Maybelline’s Master Contour palette. To achieve this look for yourself, apply your contour color in a “3” shape, starting at your temples, defining your cheekbones and ending along your jawline. Apply a straight line of blush to the apples of your cheeks and then sweep the highlight color on top. Finish it off with a touch of highlight down the bridge of your nose and in your cupid’s bow.
If you know how to use blush, then you know how to contour. In fact, you don’t even need a special brush to get the perfect definition. Like we mentioned before, just sweep the Maybelline Master Contour brush over your temples, cheekbones and jawline, and then blend the edges carefully to get a natural finish. Go ahead, pick up the palette today and try it for yourself.
When contouring hit the beauty scene a few years back, we were more than a little skeptical.
Sure, it’s great for Kim Kardash and her team of beauty experts, but is it really something we can weave into our everyday routine? Turns out, yes. Don’t believe us? Take a peek at how easy it is.
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